absolute altitude


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Related to absolute altitude: Pressure altitude, Density altitude, true altitude

absolute altitude

[′ab·sə‚lüt ′al·tə·tüd]
(engineering)
Altitude above the actual surface, either land or water, of a planet or natural satellite.

absolute altitude

The vertical distance of an object above the surface of the earth. It can be measured with the help of an absolute, radio, radar, or laser altimeter. See absolute altimeter.
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But Absolute Altitude, his second book, written 100 years after the Wright brothers' first flight, is a delight for even the most squeamish flier.
167 miles per hour and an absolute altitude record of 85,068.